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August is the month for thrilling fiction for Adults, Teens & Children + Fascinating New Picture Books.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: Parts One and Two Playscript
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Read more…
Historical novel for adults from Australia’s Top End
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green
In 1978 the Northern Territory has begun to self-govern. Cyclone Tracy is a recent memory and telephones not yet a fixture on the cattle stations dominating the rugged outback. Life is hard and people are isolated. But they find ways to
connect. Read more…
A Viking Epic drawn from Icelandic Sagas inspired by a true love story
The Half Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker
‘Lovers of epic rejoice!…A vivid and gripping read’ Madeline Miller,
author of the Orange Prize Winner 2012 for The Song of Achilles. Read more…
A call to arms to women everywhere!
You Play The Girl by Carina Chocan
We all know who The Girl is. She holds The Hero’s hand as he runs through the Pyramids, chasing robots. Read more…
Latest from Stephen King:
Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. Read more…
Light Touch by Stephen Leather
Working undercover is all about trust – getting the target to trust you and
then betraying them in order to bring them to justice. Read more…
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2017 school terms

Term 1 - 10 or 11 weeks
Start date

Between Monday 30 January (at the earliest);
and Tuesday 7 February (at the latest)

End date

Thursday 13 April
(96-106 half days)


Public holiday: Waitangi Day
School holiday: 2 weeks (includes Easter and Easter Tuesday and Anzac Day)
Friday 14 April – Sunday 30 April 

Term 2 - 10 weeks
Start date

Monday 1 May

End date

Friday 7 July
(98 half days)


Public holiday: Queen's birthday
School holiday: Saturday 8 July – Sunday 23 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks
Start date

Monday 24 July

End date

Friday 29 September
(100 half days)


2 weeks
Saturday 30 September – Sunday 15 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks
Start date

Monday 16 October

End date

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Wednesday 20 December
(94 half days)*
Secondary and composite:

No later than Thursday 14 December
(86 half days)**